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Newborn Had Clogged Tear Duct

Author: Anne B.
Date: 01-27-2008
Views: 13,003
Word Count: 171
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 2671-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 3

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My new granddaughter was born on Jan. 14, 2008. About 4 days later, her right eye was a terrible mess: red, matted, and weeping. Her mother called the pediatrician, explained the situation, and was told that she had a clogged tear duct.

It was very normal, about 30% of newborns develop it. It would probably last from 2 months to a year and if it wasn't cleared up by then, they would do some sort of probing and open it up.

I found an article in the essential oils reference book about clogged tear ducts. It said that one drop of Lavender should be rubbed on the bridge of the nose. I was hoping it was okay to use on a newborn, but knowing what I do with Lavender I was sure it would be safe. The article said that it could be cleared in a matter of seconds and it was!

Our beautiful baby girl now has her lovely clear eyes again. I can never say enough good things about Lavender oil.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: blepharitis — "Eyelid scrubs or massage with tea tree oil could be an effective treatment regimen in cases of blepharoconjunctivitis [and Demodex mite infestation]."Link
2.Associated topics: blepharitis,puffy-eyes — "Demodex blepharitis is a common but overlooked external eye disease. The pathogenesis of Demodex blepharitis in eliciting ocular surface inflammation has been further clarified. The modified eyelash sampling and counting method makes it easier and more accurate to diagnose Demodex infestation. Tea tree oil shows promising potential to treat Demodex blepharitis by reducing Demodex counts with additional antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory actions."Link
3.Associated topics: eyes — "Researchers report that carnosic acid, a component of the herb[s] rosemary [and sage], promotes eye health. The team found that carnosic acid protects retinas from degeneration and toxicity.... Their findings suggest that carnosic acid may have clinical applications for the outer retina, including age-related macular degeneration."Link

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